Paulette Licitra is a New York native, and has been teaching Italian cooking in Nashville since 2009. She leads small groups to Italy every year to cook and explore regional cuisines. Paulette completed her professional culinary studies at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, and worked at Mario Batali’s Lupa restaurant.
She’s studied with home cooks and chefs all over Italy, including the regions of Lazio, Campania, Sicily, Tuscany, Puglia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, and the Veneto, and lived in Rome during her undergrad studies. Paulette also does cooking segments on the Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV-TV show Today in Nashville. She was founder and publisher of the literary journal, Alimentum-The Literature of Food, and has written two cookbooks: Italian Cooking Party (2016), and The Easy Italian Cookbook (2020). Paulette is a charter member of the Nashville chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.